Southern Utah hires former player, assistant Hodson

Updated: April 26, 2006, 5:27 PM ET
Associated Press

CEDAR CITY, Utah -- Southern Utah hired former Thunderbird and men's basketball assistant Steve Hodson as women's basketball coach Wednesday.

Hodson took a struggling program at Cedar City's Canyon View High School to a state championship this spring. Hodson succeeds Joe Hillock, who was fired after the Thunderbirds went 11-17 this season -- Hillock's 10th at Southern Utah.

"I am excited for this excellent opportunity to go back to and coach at my alma mater," said Hodson, a 1978 graduate of Southern Utah.

Hodson lettered for the Thunderbirds two years and was an assistant coach for four years.

Hodson also coached Canyon View's boys teams to state titles in 1994, 1995 and 1999.

Before he took over Canyon View's girls team five years ago, the Falcons had a combined 15 wins over four seasons. Canyon View went 24-1 last season, winning the state title in Class 3A.

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